The Most Beautiful Jungle Hotels on Earth

In the heart of these jungles, world-class stays await you. Getting to them is easier than you might think. But figuring out where to drop your pin might be harder.

Are you a nature lover seeking the utmost seclusion? Do you long for a little luxury as well? I highly suggest booking a few nights at one of these remarkable rainforest or jungle hotels.

From five-star villas to waterfall-adjacent cabins, each of these dream getaways boast fascinating ecosystems, global praise from their guests, and a surrounding world of lush, inviting emerald green. So what are you waiting for?

Welcome to the most beautiful jungle stays on the planet.

Meghauli Serai, A Taj Safari, Nepal

front of jungle hotel and pool in Nepal
Taj Hotels Official Website

Many travel to Nepal for hiking, but you don’t have to brave the high altitudes to stay here. At the foothills of the Himalayas sits its lush, subtropical lowlands. One-horned rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, and tigers all call this area home. And if you’re looking to stay at this jungly luxury lodge near them, you can too.

Built along the river in Chitwan National Park, Meghauli Serai is part of a wildlife paradise. Don’t miss your chance for one of the most up-close and unique safari excursions of your life. You can take a tour of the surrounding marshlands, forests, and grasslands by foot, canoe, or safari jeep.

Soneva Kiri, Thailand

deck overlooking  ocean through trees
Soneva Kiri Official Website

Soneva Kiri is an earth-friendly island resort in Thailand that takes seclusion seriously. The only way to stay here is to take a designated eight-seat plane that lands on the hotel’s private airstrip. Then you’ll have to hop on a speedboat to go the rest of the way. You’ll likely feel worlds away when you arrive, but you’ll have help getting around. For starters, guests are provided with their own buggy and a “barefoot butler.”

The private cabins were designed for spending time outdoors in mind, each boasting a pool, a deck, and an outdoor shower. Previous guests say you should put the ecologist-led waterfall hike at the top of your list. And don’t leave without eating at least one meal at Soneva Kiri’s “tree pod” restaurant, which is best described as a nest-like bamboo pod dangling over the rain forest. Your waiter will be ziplining in to take your order.

Islas Secas, Panama

air view of hotel huts of Panama by water
Islas Secas Official Website

You and a mere twenty-two other guests will be the only folks staying in these jungle-clad casitas. Located 20 miles off mainland Panama’s Pacific coast, this private island eco-lodge places major importance on being at one with nature and has created an indoor intermingled with an outdoor dreamscape.

But do yourself a favor and get out and about. Go scuba diving, snorkeling, swim with turtles, surf, stroll the beach, or spend the whole time exploring Coiba National Park. There’s an abundance of jungle beauty to discover.

Aarunya Nature Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka

pool on side of suite in jungle
Aarunya Resort Official Website

Come for the contemporary jungle vibes, stay for the forever swoon-worthy sunrise. Aarunya’s east-pointing hilltop spot is no accident. Sunrise weaves through the mist of the Knuckles Mountain Range and softly begins to illuminate the forest.

Later on, soak in your villa’s hot tubs or cool off in the infinity pool. The mountain and jungle views will inspire you to stay outside more often than not. Stroll through the cinnamon, coffee, banana, clove, pepper, and avocado trees and end your day at the hotel’s highly rated spa.

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Shinta Mani Wild, Bensley Collection, Cambodia

outside tub on deck of Bensley collection resort
Shinta Mani Wild Official Website

Tucked inside Southern Cardamom National Park, you’ll find one of Cambodia’s last surviving habitats for elephants, monkeys, and various other species. Surrounded by undisturbed wilderness, this luxury eco-camp is located in a private nature sanctuary dedicated to protecting this paradise. In turn, you can’t show up unannounced or by yourself.

Guests must be chauffeured by vehicle and army jeep. Once you’ve reached your destination, you can fly in by in-house zip line if you’d like. And why wouldn’t you? Perks of this entry method include someone waiting with a cocktail to welcome you and your chance to make an unforgettable entrance.

Mango Bay Resort, Vietnam

Jungle cottage in the shadow at Mango Bay, Puh Quoc, Vietnam
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Once upon a time, Phú Quốc was brimming with untouched nature. Today, Vietnam’s biggest island has transformed from a remote jungle oasis to an incredibly developed tourist hotspot. But you can still “get away from it all” if you head to Mango Bay.

Nothing says jungle paradise quite like a beachside bungalow built from sustainable, locally sourced materials. For those more interested in roughing it than feeling ritzy, this is what you’re after. This hidden gem is dedicated to nature, energy, and water conservation, including composting for low-water toilets and outdoor bathrooms.

Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel, Costa Rica

aerial view of resort Costa Rica resort
Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel Official Website

Costa Rica is the resident king of magnificent jungle hotels. Most are independently owned, green-minded, stunning, and located near an endless array of natural wonders. Due to location, however, the Rio Celeste Hideaway Hotel might be a little more worth the trek than most.

Situated beside the Rio Celeste river, these rainforest villas are in a less-frequented area of Tenorio Volcano National Park. Those who’ve made the effort to find this hidden gem know it’s well worth it. And the nature trails are not to be overlooked. You’ll encounter hot springs, gorgeous waterfalls famed for their milky sky blue hue, and some of the rarest and most magical plant life you’ll likely ever come in contact with.

The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia

View from the Swimming Pool at the Datai Hotel
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 The Datai Langkawi is cloaked by a mountainous rainforest and a tropical feel. Each gazebo-like room, suite, and villa is designed to help you commune with nature, deeply relax, and treat yourself. You’ll barely believe your eyes when you see the size of your tub (and the monkeys outside).

In this beach-meets-jungle paradise, you can soak it all in on the butler-serviced shoreline. This Beach Villa is covered in sleep-oriented seating for guests to fully unwind.

You’ll be treated to the best of everything, so make the most of this breezy jungle escape. Go on a guide-led butterfly walk, a marine biologist-led mangrove kayak tour, a nature walk with a local expert, or an afternoon of snorkeling.

Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Indonesia

Mandapa resort
Ritz Carlton

Standing tall in the mystical Ubud jungle, Mandapa is undoubtedly one of the most opulent and adored resorts in all the land. Designed to resemble a traditional Balinese village, this lavish resort consists of 60 spacious suites and villas, each more jawdropping than the last, and all boasting their own butler.

Developed by Ritz Carlton, this jungle hotel’s restaurants are some of the most celebrated spots for fine dining in the region. And if this prestigious jungle reserve is what your Bali dreams are made of, start building your travel fund with vigor. On average, one night at the Mandapa will run you about $700.

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